Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, from left, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Rev. Michael Pfleger pose for a photo after greeting each other at the National Louis University panel (photo credit: James Richards IV)
By Pam DeFiglio
More jobs and fewer guns. More parenting classes and less blaming. More restorative justice and less fear and misunderstanding.
Chicagoans need to work on these and similar issues to heal the city, agreed Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Rev. Michael Pfleger when they appeared on a “Restoring and Healing Communities: A Time for Peace” event panel at National Louis University Feb. 28. The event, which attracted hundreds, was part of the Applied Behavioral Sciences lecture series.
In their compelling presentations and the passionate audience discussion afterwards, the three speakers agreed that policing can somewhat reduce crime and jail programs can somewhat help inmates. But more help is needed to end the vicious cycle frequently found in the city’s high-crime neighborhoods: limited parenting skills, bare-bones schools, lack of jobs, easy access to drugs, criminal convictions and the barrier to getting hired that criminal backgrounds create. Continue reading
Three of Chicago’s top leaders, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, and social justice champion Father Michael Pfleger, will join a panel discussion at National Louis University on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.
They will address their experiences using restorative justice to pursue peace and civil behavior in Chicago. NLU’s Social and Behavioral Sciences, Community Psychology and Education faculty hope to raise awareness of restorative justice practices, such as peace circles, and their potential to help mitigate the effects of criminal behavior. Continue reading
What will the Trump administration signify for Americans’ civil liberties? How will it affect immigrants, Muslims and LGBT individuals? Will laws on women’s reproductive rights remain unchanged?
Leaders of advocacy organizations for these issues offered frank thoughts at a forum sponsored by NLU’s M.A. in Public Policy Administration (MAPPA) program recently.
NLU’s Malcolm Oliver, Ph.D., set a thoughtful tone as he opened the forum by saying that much of social injustice can be traced to housing, economic development and transportation policies, and that colleges of public policy attempt to shed light on this in order to bring about justice. Continue reading
In an employer’s ideal world, universities would prepare students for their careers with the right mix of foundational knowledge, skills and practical experience that hiring companies seek. Instead, however, many potential employers, at least in the tech industry, are finding that hiring and training newly-minted graduates can be a bumpy process.
In an effort to stem the disconnect and communicate about how universities can give students the preparation employers seek, the Illinois Technology Association convened a “Forecast Roundtable” event on Nov. 29. America’s Urban Campus, a consortium of 22 Chicago universities (including National Louis University), and World Business Chicago acted as co-conveners. Continue reading
National Louis University’s degree programs in teaching, counseling, psychology, human services, healthcare leadership and more have propelled the school to Money Magazine’s national list of “10 Colleges Whose Graduates Say They Make the World a Better Place.”
Seventy-seven percent of NLU alumni responding to a PayScale.com survey said their careers are meaningful and help others, compared to a national average of 54 percent of all alumni responding to the survey. Money Magazine uses PayScale’s meaningful-career data as one of the factors in its college rankings. Continue reading
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, from left, NLU Provost Alison Hilsabeck, NLU Library Dean and NLU Library Dean Rob Morrison listen as veteran Derreck Mansheim talks about his education plans. Rod Levy of Code Platoon is at right.
NLU welcomed Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth to its Veterans Center on May 5. Duckworth, a Democrat representing Illinois’ 8th Congressional district, which includes the Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village area, met NLU Provost Alison Hilsabeck, Assistant Provost Ignacio Lopez, CPSA Dean Judah Viola, Library Dean Rob Morrison, student veteran Pablo Garcia and others.
Duckworth, who had been deployed to Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois National Guard and lost both her legs in a 2004 helicopter crash, had been invited by Rod Levy, executive director of Code Platoon, a non-profit organization which teaches veterans to code in order to prepare them for jobs as software developers. Code Platoon classes meet in classrooms at NLU’s Chicago campus. Continue reading
In a world of global business and communications, speaking more than one language is viewed as a valuable skill. NLU and the Illinois State Board of Education are helping to recognize and reward learners who acquire a second language, or multiple languages, by promoting the Seal of Biliteracy, a nationwide initiative.
More than 150 educators from across Illinois came to NLU’s Lisle campus recently to learn how to bring the Seal of Biliteracy program to their school districts. Continue reading
In the social action documentary “Healing Voices,” three people who recovered from severe mental illness reveal what the experience was like for them, and how they healed. The producers used that as a springboard to examine “what we talk about when we talk about mental illness.”
All are invited to see the film premiere at its only Illinois screening, at National Louis University’s Chicago campus, Friday, April 29, followed by a discussion of the issues. More than 100 sites worldwide will show the film at its non-theatrical release that day. Doors at National Louis, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill, will open at 6 p.m. for popcorn and networking, with the screening to begin at 6:30 p.m. A discussion will follow until 9 p.m. Admission is free.
While some mental health patients say psychiatric medications saved their lives, and the director wanted the movie to be apolitical, some of those profiled in the film recovered from serious mental illness without drugs. The documentary tracked their progress over five years. One said mental illness is when “mind, body and spirit are in discord.” Another said he viewed the voices in his head as a gift, but his therapist did not share that interpretation. Continue reading
The story of climate change ranges from drilling holes in Arctic ice to measure Earth’s air temperatures over the past million years, bracing for the jump in the use of fossil fuels as China and India industrialize and predicting which coastal cities will be submerged due to global warming.
But mostly, climate change is the story of energy—where we get it, how we use it and whether it’s renewable, said Seth B. Darling, Ph.D., who holds a joint appointment as a scientist with the Argonne National Laboratory and as a Fellow in the Institute of Molecular Engineering at University of Chicago. He presented a “Global Climate Change: The Path to a Sustainable Future” lecture April 20 at the Lisle campus to mark Earth Week, and NLU Environmental Committee representatives also led discussions of his points at the Wheeling campus. Continue reading
A diverse group of musicians, Harvard Law School students, artists, academics and activists came together April 8-9 to take a long, hard look at racial injustice at the “Racial Injustice: Terror, Torture, and Trauma/Collaboration, Resistance, and Liberation” conference held at NLU.
Manifestations of racial injustice, such as police beatings, police shootings and outsized incarceration rates for people of color, are viewed as routine by many Americans, if they think of them at all. But conference participants sought to declare they are not “normal” and to reframe them as torture and genocide.
A team of Harvard Law School students discussed the definition of torture and said some of the human rights injustices forced on people of color by public authorities meets the definition. Continue reading